Music News Digest, February 7, 2022
As a member of BreakOut West Home Edition which took place from February 2 to 6, the Western Canadian Music Awards officially honored the 2021 winners of the Heritage Awards – legendary musician, author and radio/television host, Ray Saint Germain – the Kevin Walters Industry Builder Award – pioneer in the film and music industry, Carole Vivier – and the Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees – rock band from Winnipeg, The Watchers.
The three winners were celebrated last week with interviews on CBC Radio One Update with Faith Fundal. Tune into CBC Radio 89.3 FM and CBC Listen, and listen to all three interviews on demand here. The 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards were presented last October. See the full list of winners for the 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards, in both Artistic and Industry categories.
– The famous Mariposa Folk Festival was forced to cancel its 2020 and 2021 editions, but it is committed to returning to full fitness this summer. The first wave of artists named to perform is certainly impressive, with Mavis Staples, Serena Ryder, Lennon Stella, JP Saxe, Allison Russell, Kathleen Edwards, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, The Weather Station and over 30 others. The festival will take place at Tudhope Park in Orillia, ON. From July 8 to 10. More names will be announced later this spring. Tix here.
– Whitehorse, Martha Wainwrightand Tanika Charles will perform to a small audience in Barrie on February 18 at this year’s reduced edition Troubadours Festival. The concert (sec) is at Burton Avenue United Church. Tix here.
– The latest “legacy” artist to have sold their music catalog to a music rights company is Robbie Robertson. Last week, it was announced that the Los Angeles-based company Iconoclast, led by Olivier Chastan, purchased Robertson’s music publishing and NIL (name, likeness and likeness) rights, as well as his recorded music interests, spanning his career to date. No dollar amounts were disclosed. More details in this MBW characteristic.
– There is a fascinating story behind Swan Song, the new single from Flashing the star (aka Canadian studio wizard Jordan Zadorozny). It’s a song co-written by Zadorozny and Brad Laner (Medicine) two decades ago which, under the title Mind’s Eye, was presented at Lindsey Buckingham, renamed Fleetwood Mac. He incorporated significant elements of melody into Swan Song, featured on Buckingham’s 2021 self-titled album. Zadorozny explains that the idea of recording a response to Buckingham’s track took root over long winter days in his Skylark Park recording studio, and here’s the result.
– This scribe’s first taste of live music in 2022 came via a nice double bill at Hamilton’s Clifford Brewery in Hamilton on Friday night. Previously a garage rock duo in the White Stripes format (guitarist/singer and drummer), The Barettas introduced a new member, local star bassist Justine Fisher, at this concert. She added depth to the band’s spirited sound, which shone on loud Touche and Smoke-Filled Baretta originals and Arctic Monkeys and Beatles covers. Playing was also Bryce Clifford and Superior Brotherand their manly roots/American stylings impress once again.
– The Coopers is a Toronto-based Juno Award-winning producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who has written, arranged and produced artists such as Jill Barber, Meaghan Smith, Andy Stochansky, The Good Lovelies and David Myles. He is now stepping into the solo spotlight via a debut single, Strangers, a song he says “was inspired by my touring experience as a side musician with many bands, playing on multi-city festival tours. like Edgefest and Lilith Fair”. Cooper tells us that “I’ve been producing for other people for many years, so this release is a big change for me.” Check it here.
– Knights of the Mystical Eye is a psychedelic blues-rock duo made up of Toronto veterans mike waite and Paul Greig. Waite is well known locally as the owner of the much-loved record store Mike’s Music, but his interesting previous career included work alongside Nash the Slash in Breathlessa group led by Waite, followed by production and co-writing with FM. KOTME’s debut album, Cosmic top secret, is now out, and here is a sample. Waite said for your information that he was delighted to release a new record after a long absence. Learn more here
– The weekend of March 18 and 19, Edmonton hosts Dead ends livean indoor festival based on music inspired by The Grateful Dead and the spirit of the Jam Band scene. Using the Chateau Lacombe Hotel Ballroom and MacDougall United Church, the festival will feature several performances by some local notables as well as musicians from San Francisco and Vancouver. The range includes The McDades presenting an album release concert for their new record The Empress on March 18 at the MacDougall United Church, while Harry Manx closes the church queue on Saturdays. night. Tix here.
– Good news for Toronto roots music fans is the word that Toronto City Council has unanimously supported a motion by Councilor Paula Fletcher to offer the beloved Hugh’s room concert hall, now a registered non-profit charity, a financial guarantee to support the purchase of a new home. A bid to acquire a historic building in the East End to convert into a theater is underway.
– Singer/songwriter/actor from Toronto Lake Ian released a new single and video, Easier, following up on her well-received previous track, The Bottom. Note: these songs and an upcoming album, What it iswere produced by famous singer/songwriter Matthew Barbier.
– Hip-hop artist, songwriter and producer Classified will post a acoustic album retrospected in spring. Here is the first song and video, ft. Breagh Isabel and Brett Matthews.
– The Canadian Music Unearthed Concert Series is a new hybrid performance series produced and hosted by Blue Frog Studios in their video recording room in White Rock, BC. All shows in the five-week series will include both live audiences and a premiere on the Blue Frog TV channel. The series kicks off February 13 with the 604 Records artist Fionn and Esteva and includes Juno-nominated jazz artists Jodi Proznick & Amanda Tosoff as well as emerging artists. The series is supported by FACTOR. More information here.
– Toronto jazz group Myriad3 features three notable players on the local scene, and the group has a rare performance scheduled for February 12 at 254 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, as part of Rich Brown’s New Origins series.
Donny Gerard, a Canadian singer best known as a member of the band Skylark in the early 1970s, has died. The news was confirmed by Gerrard’s niece on social media, and the cause of death has not been announced.
Skylark was a band centered around keyboardist David Foster. Their single, Wildflower, spent 21 weeks on the Billboard charts, reaching No. 9 on the Hot 100 in the United States and No. 1 on the Adult-Contemporary chart in Canada. The single sold one million copies.
This success launched Foster’s career as a multi-Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter and arranger. The release of Skylark’s second album, which also included Wildflower, failed to find an audience and the band called it quits.
Gerrard released a single, Greedy for Your Love, in 1976 and another, Stay a While With Me in 1977. He later released a self-titled album, then performed and recorded as a baritone backing vocalist for artists such as Mavis Staples .
He sang for Staples on his album A real vineand at live performances, including at Lincoln Center in 2014. He continued to perform with Staples and can be heard on their 2016 album Living on a high note.
Gerrard was also a backup vocalist for musicians such as Elton John, Bruce Springsteen and Cher. Source: Wikipedia, Celebrity Access
– Lata Mangechkar, a singer dubbed the ‘nightingale of Bollywood’, has died in Mumbai at the age of 92, from Covid-19.
Mangeshkar was an Indian cultural icon and national treasure who made a name for herself in Bollywood – despite only appearing on screen in a handful of films. She sang some 30,000 songs in 36 languages.
The classically trained star rose to fame in India’s burgeoning film industry as a ‘reading singer’, providing the singing voice to Bollywood lip-sync movie stars during a career that spanned more than a decade. ‘a half-century.
For decades, the “nightingale of Bollywood” has been the country’s most in-demand singer, with every major actress wanting her to sing their songs. His records, meanwhile, have sold in the tens of thousands. Read more in this BBC obituary
– Glenn Wheatley, a leading figure in the Australian music industry as a musician and artist manager, died on February 1, aged 74, from complications caused by Covid.
In 1998 Wheatley was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame as part of The Masters’ Apprentices, whose hits Turn Up Your Radio and Because I Love You are Australian rock classics.
Noise11 reports that “Wheatley would find his footing in the music industry through artist management. He helped open the doors to Australian music overseas with the worldwide success of Little River Band in the 1970s, selling over 30 million albums and scoring 10 US Top 20 singles, including Help Is On Its Way and Reminiscing.
“His most successful partnership came with John Farnham, who became a lifelong friend and creative soulmate. Wheatley took over management of Farnham in 1980 and relaunched his career, culminating in the biggest comeback in history Australian music with the years 1986. Whispering Jack album.” It is now the best-selling Australian album in ARIA history, while Farnham scored 10 No. 1 albums with Wheatley as manager and sold millions of tickets in arenas and more. late at outdoor festivals.
Wheatley also managed Delta Goodrem, Pseudo Echo, Real Life and Australian Crawl. He also launched Australia’s first commercial FM station, EON FM, in 1980, later renamed Triple M.
He published his autobiography, paper paradisein 1999. Source: Noise11